higher price before they could short a stock. that was a good rule. but somehow the government got talked into abolishing it to make things quicker, it just made things easier for the shorts. a lot of good that did it. the reason a lot of home gamers left the building. the government doesn't seem to care. we established the original rules, the uptick rules, to stop the fomenting panic. something that happened in the great depression. the government seems to think panics are no longer possible. actually, we know they are more prevalent than ever. we have to be careful not to succumb to panics who are orchestrated by short sellers. much easier to panic people in a financial than a regular business that doesn't involve credit. without those protections, the shorts were able to run wild and pratt particularly assassinate the stocks during the crash of 2008, until in 2009, the bulls were back in control. in 2011, using weapons of mass stock destruction. dealing with a heavily shorted stock in one of the etfs, like the financials, we leashed you have to tread very carefully. you can stil
about is government pay. if the governor's stinger toward hospitals, i don't want to touch them. there's not enough hospital mergers that can still be done without the government stepping in and saying you know, we've got to block that. with hospital, if the government's on your side, i could be a buyer. if the government's against you, stay away. but stick with cramer. >>> keep up with cramer all day long. follow @jimcramer on twitter and tweet your questions #madtweets.
a short time before we get a kick the can deal from the government, better be a buyer than a seller. compromise is far, far more likely than not, despite last night's shenanigashenanigans. jack in florida, jack? >> caller: i read your book. i enjoyed it very much. >> thank you. >> caller: i'm following a sector rotation strategy with some of my investments. currently in the material sector. and hoping to catch more of the housing uprise. but with the fiscal cliff looming, i was wondering if you would advise more defenseless strategy like consumer staples or something going into the new year. >> what i was thinking i told a friend of mine today conagra reported an amazing number. that's the kind of thing i would think about. nice yield. good growth. i think that's the best idea. why don't we go to brooks in ohio. brooks was here. brooks? >> caller: my question is about abbott, the split, how's it going down and which side are you on? >> good news today. the split will be included in the s&p which is why it was up. abbott is going higher. that's why my travel trust owns it. things see
macro number that hurts our market, one of those government numbers, or we get some weakness out of europe i can lose less than the people just playing the earnings momentum game because i own the best and i am short the rest. sector analysis is particularly important in technology. because people confuse this gigantic group of stocks, which comprises more than 15% of the s&p 500, constantly. tech is actually the agglomeration of a whole group of sectors, semiconductors, disc drives, software, cloud, internet, personal computers, large scale enterprise hardware makers, tech, tech communications, infrastructure stock, assemblers. each has a separate growth rate. and here i like to look at the earnings per share growth rates of the companies i follow versus the individual slices of the sectors. because the sector growth rate doesn't work even though people keep trying to use it. cloud stocks, for example-r highly valued. meaning the price teernings and growth rates are extreme. that means there's no room for error, or hair as we call it, meaning something is wrong, some chink that cou
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